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Old 03-01-2007, 09:16 AM   #41
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There's a few misconceptions being posted. First of all Fieldsheer does repair their suits, I'm having a zipper on my Highland reparied right now. Email Pam on the website and she'll help you out. This was after two years of daily use, and broke due to my screwing up.

Secondly you can get in a well designed one piece suit as fast as separate pants and jacket. Aerostich says 10 seconds, which I think is BS, but under a minute into my Fieldsheer or the Tourmaster is reasonable.

I've owned both of these one piece suits, plus the Aerostich two piece Roadcrafter. Comparing the ones you ask about, I found them both to be of reasonable quality, but the Fieldsheer fit me better, and it was a tad more waterproof. I found the Roadcrafter a bit too tight between crotch and shoulders. May just have been me. All of these brands will leak at the crotch if you are out in the rain too long, unless you treat them and seal the zippers as best as possible. Water just pools there.

I doubt you'll be disappointed no matter which you buy.
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Old 03-01-2007, 09:18 AM   #42
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I was thinking a blue nylon STP jacket with a racing stripe down one side......
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Old 03-01-2007, 09:28 AM   #43
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Default Re: nylon slides just fine.

I took a fairly high speed tumble and slide wearing a JR 4.0 Ballistic Jacket 2 years ago and it did the job...It was toast afterwards with the forearm area abradid through and scuffs and abrasions everywhere else but I walked away with no broken bones and my dermis still on the epi side.



Leather would have been better, but the JR worked.
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Old 03-01-2007, 09:30 AM   #44
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Check the closeouts at Motorcycle Accessorie Wearhouse...I bought a discontinued 4.0 for about $90...
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Old 03-01-2007, 09:32 AM   #45
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Try this link.

http://www.fieldsheer.com/2007web/we...highlandii.htm

I have this suit. I live in Oregon and ride year round. Except for my negligence n not closing the overflap in the crotch over the zipper. It has never leaked. Being Oregon it gets wet a lot. I wear it with the included lining and a heated vest down to the high 20's (30 min freeway commute mostly at 65+) The only part I do not like is that the hip pads are a bit bulky and seem to constrict movement. If you are going to use it after dark, I suggest a reflective vest for additional conspicuity (I use a vision vest (visionvest.com) for what it is worth. I have about 30,000 miles on the suit and it is still in good shape. Size runs true. Hope this helps. Oh, yeah, if you look on the net you can find one for about $190, which is a great deal. Your preference for one or two piece riding gear may vary. Hope this helps. It is a "poor man's" Aerostitch, in my opinion.

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Old 03-01-2007, 10:30 AM   #46
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Aerostich says the opposite, the main reason they dont recommend or make a racing specific stich is that they have LESS friction than Leather. So you end up sliding further in the Courdura stich than with leather. Less grip = less tumbling but more chance of sliding under something or into a guardrail.



Now I'm not arguing that Leather isnt the best, it is, but the tumbling comment seems off the mark. Also to avoid tumbling per Keith Code, is to go limp as a ragdoll though easier said than done in a crash situation.
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Old 03-01-2007, 10:54 AM   #47
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You can do it in 10 seconds, but why?
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Old 03-01-2007, 11:04 AM   #48
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Thanks for the limp as a ragdoll tip. I'll look into that more. Never heard that before.
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Old 03-01-2007, 11:07 AM   #49
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I've owned a fieldsheer jacket and two pairs of pants, and a friend of mine bought fieldsheer pants.



All of them had SERIOUS build quality problems. One pair of pants I tried on, the zipper fell off in the dealership. My friend had the same experience with a completely different model, I was there. He bought it anyway since they gave him half off for no zipper. All kinds of things have ripped off my stuff. You didn't have this experience? Also, do they pay for you to mail the suit in for them to fix it?
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Old 03-01-2007, 11:47 AM   #50
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One of the print mags did a review of a Spidi Adimiral suit. The tester seemed to be pleased. They go for about $900, so it ain't cheap. Could be another possibility if you're also looking at a 'stitch. Buy the best you can afford. A lot of my bikes cost less than $1,000 though.
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